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Term Recycling

The process by which a resource or part of an item or technology that has served its useful life is collected and transformed into a new product. Recycling is the act of reintroducing materials that come from waste into the production and consumption cycles.

Recycling initiatives in the country are limited. However, there are some companies that have made important recycling projects, including Modolsa and Meteoro. The first re-uses newspaper to produce egg and fast food packaging. The second is in the field of manufacturing batteries for vehicles, equipment, and machinery, and is in the process of launching a new green battery, which is made in modern facilities that meet the country's environmental standards as stipulated in the Basel Convention, of which the Dominican Republic is a signatory (the Basel Convention controls trans-boundary transportation and disposal of hazardous waste). The manufacturing of these batteries will prevent the neighboring communities and plant workers from the toxic effects of lead.1, 2

Another important initiative is the campaign carried out by the Center for Agricultural and Forestry Development (CEDAF, its acronym in Spanish), the 3R Network: reduce, reuse, and recycle. To reduce means to lessen the volume of waste; to re-use is to avoid discarding any material that can be reused; and to recycle is to transform waste into new products. This initiative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) seeks the environmentally safe management of waste and to reduce the amount of waste produced in the country.3

1Programa de Acción Comunitaria por el Medio Ambiente.> (Accessed: March 24, 2011)

2Mercados y Tendencias. Piensa Verde.> (Accessed: March 24, 2011).

3Centro para el Desarrollo Agropecuario y Forestal, Inc (CEDAF). Red 3Rs (Accessed: March 24, 2011).


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Topic  Sustainable developmentEnvironmental pollution